The third and final selection in this chapter is an attempt by a contemporary historian to present a Christian interpretation of history. Written more than 1500 years after Augustine, it perhaps gains in profundity what it lacks of the saint's assurance that one can readily identify the will of God in history. The selection is indicative of a larger and more serious interest among intellectuals than at any time since the Enlightenment in the possible insights of Christian thought into the meaning of history. The author, Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884), taught in China, Oregon, and Ohio before going in 1921 to Yale University, where he was Sterling Professor of Missions and Oriental History at the time of his retirement (1953). He is also a Baptist clergyman. In A History of the Expansion of Christianity (1937-1945), published in seven volumes, he undertook the more comprehensive recent study of that subject, covering the entire 2000 years of Christian history. The selection which follows, entitled "The Christian Understanding of History," was Latourette's presidential address before the American Historical Association (1948). [excerpt]
The transcription of Latourette's speech, "The Christian Understanding of History," to the American Historical Association has been removed due to copyright restriction. The text of the speech is now available on the AHA website.
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "3. Kenneth Scott Latourette and the Christian Understanding of History. Pt. XXIV: Historical Meaning." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 28-37.